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  • Fri, Aug. 19, 4:38 PM
    • Ride-hailing firm Lyft (Private:LYFT) -- reported to have turned down a takeover from General Motors (NYSE:GM) -- has held sales talks with with a wide number of companies, also including Apple, Google,, Uber and China's Didi Chuxing, The New York Times reports.
    • All those overtures resulted in no deal, the NYT says -- mainly due to cost. Lyft was valued at $5.5B after a January investment round, and a sale would have to come at a premium to that.
    • Tech publisher The Information reported that Lyft turned down GM in their talks. The NYT says its sources said GM never made a written offer to buy the ride-sharing firm.
    • Lyft was set to pursue a new funding round, and it has $1.4B in cash, giving it cushion to continue as an independent entity.
    | Fri, Aug. 19, 4:38 PM | 5 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 12, 6:21 PM
    • Ride-sharing pioneer Lyft (Private:LYFT) has spurned takeover talk from General Motors (GM -0.6%), a report says, and instead will head toward a new funding round.
    • Tech publisher The Information reported that Lyft -- which got a $500M infusion from GM in January -- said no to a strategic deal with its bigger partner, and had solicited other potential strategic acquirers before deciding to pursue a new funding round.
    • Lyft had hired Qatalyst Partners as an adviser in June and its president, John Zimmer, told Reuters that the company had several advisers talking to it about options.
    | Fri, Aug. 12, 6:21 PM | 44 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 26, 3:49 AM
    • Deepening its European footprint in the ride-hailing business, Daimler's (OTCPK:DDAIY) MyTaxi smartphone app will unveil an all-share merger with U.K. rival Hailo as soon as today, Reuters reports.
    • In similar deals earlier this year, Volkswagen took a $300M stake in Gett and General Motors (NYSE:GM) invested $500M into Lyft.
    | Tue, Jul. 26, 3:49 AM
  • Thu, Jun. 16, 7:52 AM
  • Sep. 6, 2015, 3:33 PM
    | Sep. 6, 2015, 3:33 PM | 38 Comments
  • Sep. 5, 2015, 12:02 PM
    • News in the automobile industry this week continues to indicate seismic changes are coming.
    • The Silicon Valley factor: A deeper commitment by Apple and Google in the automobile sector is widely anticipated, although an all-in bet on the manufacturing side is still considered a reach. Key acquisitions, partnerships, or joint ventures in software, self-driving technology, and infotainment systems could sort out the winners from the losers. German players BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) and Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) could be in the mix.
    • The Sergio factor: Though the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO continues to make some bold projections on the powerful merger synergies a tie-up with General Motors (NYSE:GM) would create, his math works for other combinations within the industry as well. Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), and Volvo (OTCPK:GELYF) are each struggling in various markets.
    • The Tesla factor: Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has engaged in a war of words with Toyota (NYSE:TM) in the electric vs. hydrogen debate. The EV automaker is also in a race with General Motors and Nissan over developing a mass-market EV with the driving range and sticker price to sell at scale. There's also been a tug-of-war over employees with Silicon Valley counterpart Apple. With so many enemies, some analysts think Tesla needs more friends in the space. Who has the ~$40B-$50B to buy out Elon or the moxie to strike a strategic partnership?
    • Looking for a wildcard? Sony (NYSE:SNE) CEO Kazuo Hirai told the Financial Times this week that his company would absolutely partner with an automobile company if a deal makes sense.
    | Sep. 5, 2015, 12:02 PM | 97 Comments
  • Jun. 25, 2015, 3:00 AM
    • Despite calls for consolidation in the auto industry, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne said his company is a long way from lobbying General Motors (NYSE:GM) to the negotiating table.
    • The company's previous merger proposal to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra was rebuffed.
    • Asked if he would consider an option of going hostile on the automaker, Marchionne said only that those players who kept wasting capital were acting in that manner.
    | Jun. 25, 2015, 3:00 AM | 8 Comments
  • Jun. 18, 2015, 2:41 AM
    • General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSEARCA:FCA) have turned to investment banks for help to deal with a stand-off as the latter seeks to force a merger with its Detroit-based rival, Reuters reports.
    • Earlier this year, GM's board rebuffed a merger proposal from the Italian-American carmaker and Chief Executive Mary Barra said last week she had no interest in a combination.
    • Barra's rejection has not stopped FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, who is lobbying GM investors to support his case.
    • Previously: Fiat Chrysler CEO seeks activist help for GM merger (Jun. 09 2015)
    | Jun. 18, 2015, 2:41 AM | 27 Comments
  • Jun. 9, 2015, 2:18 AM
    • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (NYSE:FCAU) Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne is reaching out to hedge funds and other potential allies to prod General Motors (NYSE:GM) into a merger, WSJ reports.
    • Marchionne has been emboldened by recent successes of activist investors at GM and sees them as a means to consolidate the fragmented auto industry.
    • So far, GM has resisted all of Fiat Chrysler's entreaties, including a merger appeal to Chief Executive Mary Barra earlier this year.
    • Previously: GM passes on merger offer from Fiat Chrysler (May. 23 2015)
    | Jun. 9, 2015, 2:18 AM | 39 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2015, 8:20 AM
    • The spinoff of Ferrari could give Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) enough breathing room to seek a merger partner, according to auto industry analysts.
    • The rising cost of developing clean cars in Europe and the U.S. sets the stage for automakers to join forces through mergers and extended partnerships.
    • "Eventually it must happen," notes FCA chief Sergio Marchionne on the topic of mega-mergers.
    • No company is too big to be ruled out of the merger discussions due to the benefits of scaling investment costs and matching strengths/weaknesses in Europe, Latin America, China, and the U.S, note insiders.
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 8:20 AM | 38 Comments
  • Sep. 22, 2013, 3:31 AM
    • Fiat (FIATY.PK) has agreed to acquire GM's (GM) 50% holding in the car-makers' joint venture, VM Motori, which manufactures diesel engines for various vehicles, including the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee.
    • The deal will take Fiat's stake to 100%.
    | Sep. 22, 2013, 3:31 AM
  • Sep. 11, 2013, 3:27 AM
    • The Canadian and Ontario governments are selling 30M common shares in GM (GM) in a block trade to Bank of America (BAC) and RBC Capital Markets (RY) in a deal valued at around $1.1B.
    • The transaction is part of the governments' plan to sell the holdings in the automaker that they received as part of its bailout in 2009. They will be left with over 110M GM common shares and over 16.1M preferred shares.
    | Sep. 11, 2013, 3:27 AM
  • Feb. 6, 2013, 4:35 AM

    GM (GM) and partner SAIC Motors are reportedly interested in acquiring ailing car makers in China, as if the U.S. company doesn't have enough problems turning around loss-making operations in Europe. Still, GM wants to boost sales in China by 75% to 5M by 2015, and an acquisition could one way to achieve this. The government might be supportive, as it wants to consolidate a car industry that suffers from overcapacity.

    | Feb. 6, 2013, 4:35 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 21, 2012, 5:11 PM

    Ally Financial confirms it has reached agreement to sell its operations in Europe and Latin America, as well as its 40% share in a China joint venture, to General Motors (GM) for ~$4.2B. The combined operations in Europe and Latin America represented ~$16.1B in assets at the end of Q3 2012.

    | Nov. 21, 2012, 5:11 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 6:36 PM
    Ally Financial is looking to sell its auto financing units in Europe and Latin America for around $4B - and General Motors (GM) is the lead bidder if they come as a package, Reuters reports. The deal could come down next week and Ally is still reportedly looking at various separate bids for the two operations.
    | Nov. 9, 2012, 6:36 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 22, 2012, 6:10 AM

    GM (GM) makes an informal offer to buy the 17% of its Korean unit held by state-run Korea Development Bank, which has a veto over decision-making. A deal would boost GM's stake to 94% in the operations - which provide an important production base - and allow the car maker to restructure the unit. Separately, GM and Peugeot plan to announce a joint purchasing agreement soon, but dismiss union claims that they intend to build cars in Brazil.

    | Oct. 22, 2012, 6:10 AM | 1 Comment